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Meet the Interpreters: Discover Power of Parks 2013

Monadnock and Greenfield State Parks Interpreter: Kelsey Johnson

Kelsey Johnson - I am so excited to be leading programs for families and individuals as they discover their own adventures in New Hampshire’s beautiful state parks. It is my goal to have park visitors leave my programs with new knowledge, lots of laughs, and a deep appreciation for the world around them. I have a bachelors degree in History from Middle Tennessee State University and gained a passion for the great outdoors while working as a seasonal employee for Tennessee State Parks. After graduating, I joined the Montana Conservation Corps and spent my season digging trails, controlling invasive species, and gaining a deep appreciation for public service. This led me to the Granite State where I have been happily teaching the children of Manchester environmental and science based education. Now I get the wonderful opportunity to teach you, the New Hampshire State Park visitor. So while you are basking in the sun by Otter Lake or hiking to the summit of Mount Monadnock, take a break and come visit with me. I can’t wait to meet you!

Franconia Notch State Park Interpreters: Nicole Juppe and Deb Brzozowski

Nicole Juppe - I'm so excited to be spending my summer in these beautiful mountains. I received my Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Loyola University Chicago. While in school I also focused some of my studies on the natural world. After living in Chicago, I became more interested in working outdoors and expanding my knowledge of the environment. This led me to an environmental education and interpretive ranger internship with the SCA NH Corps! I can't wait to learn more about the park and to spend time with the visitors. I hope to see you all soon!

Deb Brzozowski - I have interactive and fun programs planned for individuals and families that will help introduce you to the unique offerings of Franconia Notch. My love for the outdoors inspired me to pursue a Bachelors degree in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies from the University of Minnesota. I was able to get hands on experience in my field through my SCA position in the Adirondacks last summer. I've enjoyed coming in NH and learning about its history and I am excited to work as an interpretive ranger this year. We can learn so much from our environment. I can't wait to interpret and help inspire you on your visit this summer. See you soon!

White Lake and Monadnock State Park Interpreter: Rachael Esh

Rachael Esh - I have a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology and a passion for swimming and hiking. I have been working in New Hampshire since January with the Student Conservation Association. Since my arrival, I have been introduced to New Hampshire forests, wildlife, and amazing people. I cannot wait to share my knowledge and passion with park visitors through Discover the Power of the Parks. My programs will help you get involved with nature, create memories, and have fun. I hope you can join me at the beautiful waters of White Lake or the peaks of Monadnock for an incredible experience!

Bear Brook State Park Interpreter: Andrew Post

Andrew Post - I am excited to be living at Bear Brook because of its family oriented campground, proximity to Concord and Manchester, and beautiful natural features. Upon visiting Bear Brook you can expect a time full of child-like adventure, a return to the simple life, and engaging programs for all ages. I moved to New Hampshire in January to participate in a ten month internship with the SCA. I am originally from Michigan where I lived in both the Upper and Lower Peninsula. When not leading interpretive programs, you may find me biking down single tracks, tending to our garden, or playing music. I hope to see you out at Bear Brook this summer and fall!

Pawtuckaway State Park Interpreter: Emily Barry

Emily Barry - I look forward to exploring the enchanting nooks and crannies of this 5,500 acre park. Come say hello, share some stories and join me in discovering about the ecology, human history, and wildlife of Pawtuckaway’s ecosystems. I was born and raised in the majestic land of the Pacific Northwest and graduated from Western Washington University with my BS in Environmental Science. In January, I moved to New Hampshire to join the SCA NH Corps and participate in this Environmental Education/Interpretive Ranger internship. In my short time here, New Hampshire has already offered me many lessons on how to endure a chilly New England winter, how to identify sugar maples to make real syrup, and how to find crazy critters in the pond waters. I look forward to offering programs that allow visitors to make meaningful connections with Pawtuckaway’s ecosystems. Come join me for explorations at Pawtuckaway State Park!

Umbagog Lake State Park Interpreter: Steven Gang

Steven Gang - I intend to be an available resource for all those visiting the park and looking for the best way to explore it. I plan on doing this through a variety of programs designed for all ages to explore the many incredible sights and features of Umbagog Lake. I will also be roving through the campground and on the nearby trails talking with visitors and helping them better understand the park. I have a wildlife science degree from Ohio State and spent all my summers in college either leading teenagers on wilderness adventures or going on them myself. So make sure you are looking for opportunities to learn a little bit more about the park and please utilize myself and the other interpreters at the other parks so that you yourselves can Discover the Power of the Parks.

Lake Francis State Park Interpreter: Caleb Savage

Caleb Savage - I'm so excited to be working up in the vast Great North Woods of New Hampshire. This summer I'll be leading programs at Lake Francis, which will cover a wide range of topics. When you visit I can inform you about the premier places to observe wildlife. Along with the best hiking and paddling at Lake Francis. During my youth I did a lot of camping and hiking throughout Maine. I went to school at the University of Maine and received my bachelor of science in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. After graduation I worked down at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I hope you visit Lake Francis State Park and explore the Great North Woods!